Washington—Michelle Pfeiffer today met with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to discuss the Personal Care Products Safety Act, the senators’ bill to protect consumer health by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to regulate ingredients in personal care products.
Pfeiffer, a Golden Globe winner and three-time Academy Award nominee, last month launched Henry Rose, a 100 percent transparent fragrance line.
High-resolution photos are available here.
“I want to thank Michelle Pfeiffer not just for her support of our bill, but for her own efforts to bring more transparency to personal care products,” said Senator Feinstein. “I know this is a deeply personal issue for her and her family. These are products we place on our skin every single day, so families have a right to know their ingredients are safe. Despite universal use, it’s been 80 years since we’ve updated safety rules for the products, putting consumers’ health at risk. It’s time to fix that.”
“Michelle Pfeiffer is a strong advocate in the fight to make personal care products more transparent, and I thank her for her support of our bill,” said Senator Collins. “Americans use a variety of personal care products daily, and they should be able to know whether the products that they are applying to their hair or skin are safe. By updating FDA oversight of the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products for the first time in nearly 80 years, our legislation would help increase safety for consumers, protect small businesses, and provide regulatory certainty for manufacturers.”
“Thanks to Sens. Feinstein and Collins and other congressional leaders for taking on such an important and overdue cause to clean up the cosmetics industry,” Pfeiffer said. “Companies should not be allowed to use hazardous ingredients in products people use and apply to their skin every day. As a parent, I am particularly concerned about the ingredients in products marketed toward infants and children. Parents and expectant parents deserve to know that the soaps, lotions and other products they put on their kids’ skin is free of toxic chemicals.”
The Personal Care Products Safety Act would:
- Require the FDA to evaluate a minimum of five ingredients found in personal care products per year to determine their safety and appropriate use.
- Provide FDA the authority to recall personal care products that threaten consumer safety.
- Provide FDA the authority to require labeling of products that include ingredients not appropriate for children and those that should be professionally administered.
- Require complete label information to be posted online, including ingredients and product warnings.
- Require companies to provide contact information on their products for consumers and report serious adverse events to FDA within 15 days, including death, hospitalization and disfigurement. Health effects that could have resulted in hospitalization without early intervention would also be required to be reported.
- Require manufacturers to register annually with FDA and provide the agency with information on the ingredients used in their personal care products.
- Direct FDA to issue regulations on Good Manufacturing Practices for personal care products.
To view a list of companies and health and consumer organizations that support the bill, please click HERE.